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Boone County Commissioners hosted the so-called ground “broken” ceremony for the new joint Boone County Emergency Communications Center. The ECC, which is set to open summer 2016, is located near the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Annex. In April 2013, a 3/8 cent sales tax was approved by voters to assist in funding the $10 million dollar project.

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On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said there haven’t been any major changes to the center since 1990s. Currently in Boone County, 130 calls each month take more than 60 seconds to answer, while industry standard dictates that most calls are processed within 15 seconds.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.

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As part of its regular meeting, the Boone County Commission held a second public hearing Tuesday night about renaming the Boone County Fairgrounds.